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Aug-12-2009 22:42printcommentsVideo

The Power of Parkour on the Web and MTV

MTV brings the world’s fastest growing sport to American audiences for the first time with MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge.

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Image courtesy: wfpf.com.

(WOODWARD, Pa.) - As the Parkour movement expands globally at a very rapid pace, the World Freerunning & Parkour Federation announces a growing enthusiastic fan base on WFPF.com.

This is the very first and only social networking website for the international Parkour community, their fans, and anyone committed to seeing “obstacles” in their lives as opportunities for creative expression.

With up to 30 members joining each day from countries around the world, the WFPF draws Parkour athletes and fans closer with new member profiles, live chats, regional meet-up and jam schedules and the best of Parkour videos and photos.

“The word-of-mouth buzz is remarkable,” explains David Thompson, Co-Founder of the World Freerunning & Parkour Federation.

“We are seeing fans join from coast-to-coast in the US and from as far away as Iran and Iceland and including countries throughout South America and Asia. Those practicing the art and discipline of Parkour have been looking for a place online to meet, share and champion each other.”

In partnership with 20 of the world’s best Parkour athletes, the acknowledged leaders of the sport, WFPF.com is a social networking site that provides Parkour fans with opportunities to share stories, photos, videos, music and ideas from around the globe.

WFPF Parkour fans immediately recognize the WFPF as a place to gather and become a part of a worldwide community.

WFPF Summer Workshop at Camp Woodward

This August, the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation will offer the first summer workshop with three of the world’s most renowned Parkour athletes, Pip Anderson, Ben Jenkins and Phil Doyle, at Camp Woodward from August 18th through August 21st.

Camp Woodward is located at 134 Sports Camp Drive, Woodward, Pennsylvania (campwoodward.com).

WFPF on MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge

This fall, October 22, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. MTV brings the world’s fastest growing sport to American audiences for the first time with MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge.

World Freerunning and Parkour Federation athletes Daniel Ilabaca, Ryan Doyle, Tim "Livewire" Shieff, Pip Andersen, Michael Turner, Brian Orosco, Daniel Arroyo and King David, some of the very best Parkour athletes in the world were all invited to participate.

The show is produced in association with the WFPF, World Freerunning & Parkour Federation. Executive Producers: Bob Kusbit & Francis Lyons, One Louder Productions. Executive Producers: Kemp Curley, Transition Productions. Co-Executive Producers: Victor Bevine & David Thompson.

WFPF and Equinox Fitness to Offer Pilot Parkour Training Workshop and Programs

This August, the WFPF and Equinox Fitness will offer the first exclusive New York-based Parkour training and fitness program in Manhattan. Visit equinoxfitness.com for more information. The World Freerunning & Parkour Federation was founded by Victor Bevine and David Thompson along with Francis Lyons, Emmy award winning executive producer of MTV’s hit show, MADE.

With over 30 years of combined experience in sports, entertainment and youth development, these men have brought together 20 of the world’s top Parkour athletes and created an online community devoted to introducing Parkour and the philosophy behind it to the American mainstream while promoting the safe and respectful advancement of the Parkour movement throughout the world.

Eight of the WFPF athletes will appear on Oct. 22nd on MTV’s ULTIMATE PARKOUR CHALLENGE, and will be making appearances around the U.S. on a planned national tour. Many of these same stars will be teaching Parkour workshops at Equinox Fitness while they continue to work in tandem with recognized charities such as Athletes for Hope and the Fresh Air Fund. For more information, visit wfpf.com.

Editor's note: This is our favorite video on this subject and it is what initially introduced us to Parkour. It is by a Latvian group called Dvinsk Clan:




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ConnPKRunner August 17, 2009 11:28 pm (Pacific time)

We met some of the guys from the WFPF. They took the time to come up and see us and to most people we are "nobodies". Two of the guys that started the WFPF came up, two of the athletes too. We trained. They wanted to know our opinions and hear what we had to say. It was a great experience for us. This is a very cool organization of good people and good athletes, in my opinion.


jugjug August 16, 2009 9:10 pm (Pacific time)

I know for a fact that the biggest critics are the ones who are trying to make money as well... I've been in the "arena" so I know this is true...


Tellitlikeitis August 16, 2009 9:09 pm (Pacific time)

Well, where are all the French guys you ask? They are out exploiting their own selves and the parkour movement by making movies and doing commercials and running big businesses (are you reading this realtraceur?)... Too busy to help the evolution and progression of the movement and so these brave young athletes of the WFPF are the next generation. When asked for a comment, David Belle said he is too busy working on his next filmto comment, PK Generations said they are too busy planning their next paid gig to comment, the Yamakasi said they are too busy counting the money from their handheld video game to comment, and the other guys that we called are too busy designing their parkour store to comment... Evolution, my man.. evolution.....


John August 13, 2009 8:30 pm (Pacific time)

The truth will eventually come to the surface.. History of Parkour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d1AxUPPcF8


realtraceur August 13, 2009 2:42 pm (Pacific time)

ackowledged world leaders?! WTF? Where are all the French guys, the founders, the Yamakasi, David Belle, PK Gen? This is more exploitation of the art by business people wanting to make cash. Very sad..

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